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Is an EMT 140 still worth getting these days?
Old 16th January 2007
  #1
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Is an EMT 140 still worth getting these days?

Got a line on one locally;stereo solid state/tube.

Just wondering if a 140 is still a worthy purchase these days.

We've been using a KSP-8 at the studio for most reverbs successfully.
Also have a UAD card,but haven't tried the 140 plug.
We're mostly working outside the box and I have to say I've never used a real plate before so I don't know what/if I'm missing anything.

Would a 140 be a nice improvement/addition or would it be redundent?

Thanks,
Pete
Old 16th January 2007
  #2
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Hell yes. If it's a good price, go get it. The UAD plate is excellent, but it's still not quite as good as the real thing. Plus you can go out to the plate when your buddies in the control room and make ghost sounds into it and he will hear it in the control room and think it's haunted. Worth the price of admission alone.
Cheers
Old 16th January 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PRuthenburg View Post
Got a line on one locally;stereo solid state/tube.

Just wondering if a 140 is still a worthy purchase these days.

We've been using a KSP-8 at the studio for most reverbs successfully.
Also have a UAD card,but haven't tried the 140 plug.
We're mostly working outside the box and I have to say I've never used a real plate before so I don't know what/if I'm missing anything.

Would a 140 be a nice improvement/addition or would it be redundent?

Thanks,
Pete
If you got space for it it's an awesome verb!!!
Old 16th January 2007
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hell yeah, unquestionably. the true "cosmic" reverb sound and timeless wonder. it's a simple machine too, so maintenance shouldn't be that rigorous.
Old 16th January 2007
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It is if you like great reverb.
Old 16th January 2007
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wait..

i thought the 140 was mono only?

ohh i take that back..

mono in
stereo out no?

p.s.
get the emt..

Last edited by r0ck1r0ck2; 16th January 2007 at 02:11 PM.. Reason: boo boo
Old 16th January 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Led View Post
The UAD plate is excellent, but it's still not quite as good as the real thing.
Well,it's cheaper and smaller...
heh
Old 16th January 2007
  #8
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Absolutely! Just know that tuning the thing is a bit of a voodoo art. If the tension on the springs suspending the plate is wrong you won't get "the sound".
The UAD card does a great emulation. But if you love that, the real thing will knock your socks off.
Old 16th January 2007
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i use my plate everyday....
it is on 24/7






be well


- jack
Old 16th January 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by r0ck1r0ck2 View Post
wait..

i thought the 140 was mono only?

ohh i take that back..

mono in
stereo out no?

p.s.
get the emt..
They did mono, stereo and quad versions...
My fav....the one I have! The stereo non valve version.

Answer to the question. It is only useful if you want one of the best reverbs around ;-)

YES!
Old 16th January 2007
  #11
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note - every plate I have ever used sounds different.....

but when they are tuned up, and well taken care of, they are AMAZING.

they can be a little noisy sometimes... but the sound is WAY better than any copy of a plate. very 3d and wonderful.

Old 16th January 2007
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The KSP-8 verbs are awesome. The UAD 140 plug sounds fantastic but a real Plate sounds like a real Plate. A good plate will sound so good it'll make you cry.

A major essential is the physical space you'll keep it in. Some awesome sounding new plates can be found here:

http://www.platesonics.com/

http://www.platesonics.com/36accoustic1.mp3
http://www.platesonics.com/36accoustic2.mp3
http://www.platesonics.com/36elecguitar1.mp3
http://www.platesonics.com/36vocal1.mp3

http://www.platesonics.com/livevocalaccoustic1.mp3

Quote:
Originally Posted by PRuthenburg View Post
Got a line on one locally;stereo solid state/tube.

Just wondering if a 140 is still a worthy purchase these days.

We've been using a KSP-8 at the studio for most reverbs successfully.
Also have a UAD card,but haven't tried the 140 plug.
We're mostly working outside the box and I have to say I've never used a real plate before so I don't know what/if I'm missing anything.

Would a 140 be a nice improvement/addition or would it be redundent?

Thanks,
Pete
Old 16th January 2007
  #13
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real plates have actual depth, they extend back into the cosmos. the uad is a cool texture, i use it all the time (actually, i use 2, and a tc classic) but it's not even close in terms of the depth.

get the plate. if you don't like it, contact me, i'll take it off your hands.


gregoire
del
ubk
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Old 16th January 2007
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OooohH!

this thread is getting me excited to finish my studio so i can move that EMT 240 in!

thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

get the plate get the plate get the plate!!
Old 16th January 2007
  #15
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see????

lol

you want I should call danny????

it's not like you don't have a good 15 years to pay for gear before the kids go to college...
Old 16th January 2007
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If you have the room, and its close to you and you can afford it, BUY IT!!!!

Theres no going back, once you've had real plate reverb....

Well... one thats working properly that is.
Old 16th January 2007
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Hey cool!!!!
Someone making a "new" plate reverb...
I'll have to check it out.
Old 18th January 2007
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indeed..has anyone bought one of those buggers?
Old 18th January 2007
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From the Plate Sonics FAQ:

Q “Does dampening come with the plate?”
A We currently do not provide dampening but there are many ways to dampen the plate—foam, rubber, cushioning, etc. or even the use of noise gating.

Does that mean you can't control the decay time?
Old 18th January 2007
  #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by u b k View Post
real plates have actual depth, they extend back into the cosmos.
This is the perfect way to put it.

In fact mine is nowhere near pristine, it’s noisy, and I’m sure in need of a tuning… but still it does something to a vocal that a plug just can’t seem to do. Not in my opinion anyway.

Oger
Old 19th January 2007
  #21
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agreed. they are great.

but whoever said they are easily serviceable is waaaay off. i have sunk countless hours into tuning/fixing my plate.
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